Byeong Hun An - US Amateur Champion
Last year, it was Korean Kiwi Danny Lee who broke Tiger Wood’s 14 year record of being the youngest golfer to win the United States Amateur Golf Championship. This year, An Byung-Hun (also spelled Byeong-Hun An) decided 18 years and one month was too old for the prestigious event which has bred professionals Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard and recent PGA winner Ryan Moore (from my hometown of Puyallup). High Schooler An was 17 years when beating Clemson University Senior Ben Martin 7 to 5.
An joins youngsters Kevin Na and Anthony Kim on the PGA tour as another future Korean superstar.
He was inspired by Y.E. Yang’s recent victory over Tiger Woods who’s now beat the invincible Superstar golfer twice. An may now inspire many more future Korean golfers to achieve not only what he has done, but also what the ladies have done over the years on the women’s golf equivalent: the LPGA.
An Byung Hun with Dad
Callaway, Nike and Titelist might want to consider setting up more shops in Korea to figure out what the Koreans are eating or doing to breed such talented golfers. More names from (or their parents are from) the 26th most populated country in the world and possibly one of the strongest Asian economies include Michelle Wie, KJ Choi, Charlie Wi, Jiyai Shin, In-Kyung Kim, Eun-Hee Ji, Song-Hee Kim, Na Yeon Choi, Ji Young Oh, Hee Young Park, Hee-Won Han, Se Ri Pak, Seon Hwa Lee, Mi Hyun Kim, Jeong Jang and Grace Park. Many of these players making more than $5 million USD in their professional golfing careers.
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